Far from being a funeral lament for a dead child as the title might suggest, Ravel’s ‘Pavane pour une infante défunte’ pictures a slow processional dance by a princess in the Spanish Court. The inspiration came from one of the paintings by Diego Velázquez, with Ravel admitting he chose the title because of the alliteration. It’s one of his more famous pieces, originally composed in 1899 for solo piano, but reworked for orchestra in 1910.
The four movements of Poulenc’s
Sinfonietta, written in 1947 are full of light, colour and detail, and
undeniably whimsical in contrast to some of his later works. Letchworth Sinfonia would like to thank the
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for a grant enabling this performance.
Georges Bizet’s 1st Symphony in C major was never performed in his lifetime, having been written as a composition exercise, whilst he studied under Charles Gounod at the Paris Conservatoire aged just 17. The manuscript only came to light, years after being donated to the Conservatoire’s archives by his widow, and the first performance did not take place until 1935, when it was quickly acclaimed as a youthful masterpiece.
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Georges Bizet: Symphony No. 1
Saturday 18th January,
Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
Tickets are £12 on the door, £10 in advance (£5 for students) available
Save the date - Sunday 14th June 2020. More details to come.
Our annual Come and play day is informal, good fun, and a great way to meet the orchestra, especially if you think you'd like to join us!
Save the date for Sunday 4th October - details about the programme will appear during 2020.
The venue is The Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City. SG6 4UB